The Smart Car Comes to an Inglorious End
What do Tyrannosaurus Rex, Wooly Mammoths, and the Smart Car have in common? Each lived for a time in North America and each came to an end. The smallest of these, The Smart Car, will no longer be sold in the U.S. after the 2019 model year. A spokesman for Mercedes-Benz said that sales were two slow and costs for readying the vehicle for the American market were too high.
Since 2017, the electric Fortwo was the last model being sold. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, first brought Smart to our shores in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the deepest part of the recession, they sold nearly 25,000 cars but sales have declined ever since.
A 1270 SAT score puts you in the top 85th percentile of students. That makes you pretty smart, right? Unfortunately, only 1276 Smart Cars were sold in the U.S. in 2018. Daimler made the smartest decision it could, ending production of cars ready for the American market. They will continue to provide parts for gas and electric-powered Smart Fortwo models for the foreseeable future.
Unlike the T-Rex and Wooly Mammoth, you will still see the Smart Car in its natural habitat, small parking spaces. Dealerships still have inventory, including the coupe and the convertible available with an 80-horsepower electric motor and a range of just under 60 miles on a single charge.
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